Summary

Situated in the Vale of Evesham, this 4-star hotel has 50 bedrooms, restaurant, lounge bar, meeting facilities and a gardens, plus free on-site parking.

Introduction

The Wood Norton effortlessly combines an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary design in the heart of Worcestershire’s picturesque countryside.

Consisting of four main buildings, The Hall, Pear Tree Mews, The Orangery and Smith’s House, each room or suite at The Wood Norton is unique in style but all are well-appointed and beautifully crafted.

History to the present day

The exiled French Duc d’Aumale purchased the estate as a hunting lodge in 1872. On his death, the estate was passed to his great nephew – Louise-Phillippe-Robert, Duc d’Orleans. In 1879 Duc d’Orleans converted the hunting lodge into the Hall that stands today to base the Bourbon-d’Orleans family.

In 1907 the royal wedding of Duc d’Orleans’ sister, Princess Louise, and Prince Charles of Bourbon took place, the main ceremony being held at Wood Norton Hall. The Orleans family lived at Wood Norton until they returned to France in 1912 and the Hall was sold to a series of private owners.

Wood Norton was bought by the BBC in 1939 so it could relocate its operations away from London in the event of hostilities. A dozen studios were quickly erected and by 1940 Wood Norton was one of the largest broadcasting centres in Europe with an average output of 1,300 programmes a week.

After the war, Wood Norton became the home of the BBC Engineering and Training Department, now branded the BBC Academy. It was used for a lot of location filming, including many Doctor Who series in the 1970s.

Wood Norton became a listed building in 1994 and the Hall itself was sold off by the BBC in 2000 and converted into a private hotel and conference centre. The hotel finally ceased trading in 2010 due to financial problems. It was bought by a private British investor and opened in October 2012.
The BBC retains its Technical and Operational Training centre in the extensive grounds.

Food and Drinks

Dining is another great reason for visiting The Wood Norton!

The Bar at The Wood Norton is the hub of the hotel. Overlooking the formal garden, The Bar is an eclectic mix of colour and design, complete with a specially commissioned pewter bar. From your first coffee in the morning, perhaps a rustle through the papers or catching up with friends for a light lunch - treating the family to traditional afternoon tea, or enjoying an early evening cocktail before dinner.  

Why not try the Rosette Award Winning A La Carte Menu, made using the finest local ingredients and supporting local producers. Alternatively, the Brasserie Menu offers a range of contemporary and classic dishes.

Grounds and gardens

English heritage was commissioned to design and build a classic French garden for The Wood Norton to meet the needs as a luxury hotel and wedding venue. They have created a beautiful maturing garden which is sensitive to the existing French architecture and history.

Also, nearby there is a 13-acre activity field which is available for hire. Please enquire about arranging any activities such as Clay Pidgeon Shooting, Hot Air Ballooning, Archery or other activities. 

Other facilities

There is complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel, please enquire at reception for the password.

The Smiths’ Studio Gym is open from 07.00hrs to 22.00hrs daily and comes equipped with multiple cardio and weight machines as well as free weights

A fantastic new addition, the Games room is complete with a Pool Table, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Wii and BT Sport

 

Summary

19th century buildings

Breakfast included

Free car parking (on site)

No smoking

Children welcome

Full Board available

4 Star Official Rating

Historic Property

Lifts

Facilities

Free broadband access (wifi)

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Gym

Children's cots

Children's highchairs

Television

Pool/snooker table

Linen included

Towels included

Sitting room

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

Elevator

Telephone

Central heating

Open log fire

Air Conditioning

Food and Drinks

Restaurant

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)

Bar

Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses

Gardens

Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Theatre (a short drive)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 5

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Travel Info

Address: The Wood Norton Hotel, Worcester Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, Worcester, WR11 4YB, United Kingdom

Check In: by 15:00 pm  Check Out: by 11:00 am

Travelling by Road

FROM THE SOUTH WEST: Exit the M5 from J9 and follow the A46 towards Evesham. At Evesham Football Club take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and continue on the A46. At the Evesham Country Park roundabout follow the A44 towards Worcester. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and the hotel will be on the right.

Travelling by Road

FROM THE SOUTH EAST: From the M25 exit at J16 and take the M40 West-bound towards Birmingham. At J3a merge into the M42 and leave at J3. Follow the A435 towards Alcester then the A46 to Evesham. At Evesham Football Club take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and continue on the A46. At Evesham Country Park Roundabout follow the A44 towards Worcester. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and the hotel will be on the right.

Travelling by Road

FROM THE NORTH WEST: Follow the M6 and merge into the M5 South at J8. Leave at J6 and follow the A44 towards Evesham. Just after Fladbury, the hotel will be on the left.

Travelling by Road

FROM THE NORTH EAST: From the M1 South, leave at J23a and follow the A42. Merge into the M42 at J11 and leave at J3. Follow the A435 towards Alcester then the A46 towards Evesham. At the Evesham Country Park roundabout follow the A44 towards Worcester. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and the hotel will be on the right.

Travelling by Plane

FROM BRISTOL AIRPORT: Follow the A38 towards Bristol then pick up the M32 North. Merge into the M4 towards South Wales/Midlands. At J20 merge into the M5 North and leave at J9 and follow the A46 towards Evesham. At Evesham Football Club take the 2nd exit at the roundabout to continue on the A46. At Evesham Country Park roundabout follow the A44 towards Worcester. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and the hotel will be on the right.

Travelling by Plane

FROM BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT: Follow the M42 South and merge into the M5 South. At J3 follow the A435 towards Alcester then the A46 towards Evesham. At Evesham Football Club take the 2nd exit on the roundabout and continue on the A46. At Evesham Country Park roundabout follow the A44 towards Worcester. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and the hotel will be on the right.

Travelling by Train

The nearest train station is Evesham. From the station head southeast towards High St/A4184. Turn left at the traffic lights on to Worcester Road. At the roundabout turn left on the A44 towards Worcester. Continue approx 1 mile, the hotel will be on the right.